Halloween/Day of the Dead Blog Hop!

Diana Ptaszynski (Suburban Girl Studio) is hosting a blog hop today – Halloween/Day of the Dead!  I have to admit that I had loftier plans than what I ended up making.  I bit off more than I could chew this past weekend and while we did get two of my new windows installed and all of the stuff in the yard cut down and a big plant moved etc. etc.  I did not get to make what I wanted.  But here’s what I did make.

This cute little necklace was made from a charm I picked up in a little antique store in Bedford, PA.  It looks like one of those vintage Halloween cards – below the the back of the charm.

I also made these pumpkin earrings, complete with emerald green seed bead stems!  These were made with a pretty yellow color enamel powder on clear glass.  I kind of like how subtle they are!

And since I didn’t get to make anything else, I thought I’d show you some eye candy  – my collection of halloweeny/day of the dead beads!

Below is an owl head from Marti Conrad and a sugar skull from Gaea.

Next, pumpkin beads and a bird from Kylie Parry.

Scary face from Rebecca Watkins (ArtyBecca) and a sugar skull charm from Beth Hemilla!

Great skully from Diana P. (our host) and scary face from Lisa Peters Art.  I wanted to make something from Lisa’s bead, but just didn’t get to in time.

Finally another little charm I picked up and a funny face that I made (actually for Beads of Courage).

I hope you enjoyed my little creations and my eye candy.  Please go check out what everyone else made – I’m sure there are going to be some fantastic creations!



Kathleen Breeding  http://99bobotw.blogspot.com


Dianne Miller  http://www.artbydianne.blogspot.com

Lisa Liddy  http://www.lisaliddy.wordpress.com
Toltec Jewels  http://www.JewelSchoolFriends.com
Laura Medeiros  http://Www.zoeowyn.blogspot.com
Veralynne Malone  http://www.veradesigns.blogspot.com


Jenny Davies-Reazor  http://jdaviesreazor.com/blog




Stephanie LaRosa  http://Www.stringaholic.blogspot.com


Nicole Valentine Rimmer
 http://
www.nvalentine.blogspot.com

Sarajo Wentling  http://www.sjdesignsjewelry.blogspot.com

Dawn M. Gallop  http://www.flipflopsandpoptarts.com

Eye Candy

My engineer partner took this photo for me to use on some cards I’m including in the Bead Cruise Goody Bag and the Delightful Divas Sample Bag ‘O The Month. It looks great to me – a huge pile of juicy beads! However, it did NOT transfer to the business card size at all. I guess I should really take a class or something – Photography for Dummies or CorelDraw for Dummies or something – he really spent a lot of time messing around with it, for me, but it just didn’t look good when transferred to an ink-jet printer image. Oh well – at least you get some eye candy!

Something Cool!

I bought my daughter this little alpaca for Christmas this year. Don’t ask me why, but she loves alpacas and llamas. She wants one. She wants to go to South America so she can see them (she can see a llama at our zoo). So I got her this wool felted Andes the Alpaca from MJ Keeton on etsy. Since my beads are still in the kiln (and frankly, I have no idea what kind of bead day I had today but I am going to guess not so great) I thought I’d just show you this bit of eye candy!

Beads on Ebay!

I have been staying away from ebay lately, for various reasons, but last night I put up a 7-day auction. Remember those beads I made for a customer, but used the wrong mandrel size? These are them! See – they are striking! These are on the 1/16th mandrel size, and the colors in the frit are fantastic! Hope you like them! Click on them if you want to bid!

Listed Some More!

I listed some more bead sets on etsy – small sets in case you just want to make a nice bracelet for someone special, even you! I wanted to post these pictures because I just love love love these two sets of beads. They were all wound on a 3/32″ mandrel, which is a little bit bigger than the ones I normally use. However, the beads are more substantial and would look lovely even on a ball chain or snake chain!

New Beads on Etsy!

Hi everyone – well, it’s the weekend, and I for one am thankful that I don’t have to get up at 6am tomorrow to get the kids ready for school. I get so tired this time of year, when I’m still going to bed late, but have to get up so early. It’s supposed to be a beautiful almost-fall weekend here – lots of yard work to do! There are some new beads and purse charm/clip/pulls up in my etsy store right now – have a look!

New Beads on Ebay; Stand Up 2 Cancer

Hi everyone! There are new beads on ebay! Take a look.

My daughter’s class was at a leadership camp overnight on a school trip. It’s called Outdoor Odyssey and looks pretty fun! They have a great big climbing wall and they stay in “rustic” cabins. So, her first day of school was a half-day; they get laptops in 8th grade (we do pay for them, it’s rolled into tuition!) and they had laptop orientation. Then the second and third days were spent at the camp. What a way to start the school year! Monday will come as a shock, I’m sure! A whole day of school with homework and everything.
I think my son is adjusting to 5th grade, so far. It’s a lot different – they have a homeroom period and that’s the “only time he gets to see his friends!”, have to go to lockers and get to class in time, etc. He’s also starting his language studies this year. He chose French. My daughter has had French since Kindergarten. I think 5th grade is a little bit late to start a language, but oh well!

I’ve been lucky enough to get two earring designs chosen for a magazine; they’ll be out in the early spring. I’ll let you know when I have the final details. The earrings use my beads and some very easy techniques! I have a few designs in my head for some necklaces, as well.

Have a great weekend, and make sure to watch Stand Up 2 Cancer tonight, even if just for a little bit! You can make a difference in the world!

New Beads on Etsy, Auction on Ebay!

Hi everyone! Happy Labor Day! Hope you all had a good holiday weekend! I have some new beads in my etsy shop, and an auction up on ebay. I hope to have more on ebay soon; summer is so slow, it just isn’t a good time to sell on ebay! Take a look at my beads! Thanks! Oh yeah, school starts tomorrow! Wahoo!

Back on the ‘Bay!

Hey – I’m back! We had a great vacation! If the Engineer gets my pics off my camera, I have tons to post of Alaska! In the meantime, enjoy the eye candy of my auctions I just listed on ebay! The first one pictured is called Gaia and the next one is Gaia – I love it! Also, please see my web site – the beads in the magazine and my catalog! Happy Fourth!